University Rankings – Ireland Changes 2010

Say what you will about university rankings, they are used in media and political circles and along with the recent OECD report will provide an interesting context to the Hunt Report “debate”. I think it is naive to suggest that such large falls/gains mean a university is significantly better or worse than it was a year before – the large changes are more likely due to the change in methodology in the case of THE (who departed from QS and established a new rankings this year with Thompson Reuters) – their weighting for staff-student ratio is down, the weighting for learning environment is up and the weighting on “subjective opinion polls” is significantly reduced. The 2010 & 2009 figures are listed:

QS/THE 2009
THE/
Thompson Reuters 2010
QS 2010
DIT
326
347
395
DCU
279
313
330
UCD
89
94
114
TCD
43
76
52
NUIG
243
299
232
UCC
207
243
184
UL
401 - 500
>400
451-500
NUIM
401 - 500
>400
401-450
2010 2009 Change
DIT 395 326 -69
DCU 330 279 -51
UCD 114 89 -25
TCD 43 52 9
UCG 232 243 11
UCC 184 207 23
UL 451 – 500 401 – 500
NUIM 401 – 450 401 – 500

Source: THE/QS 2009, QS 2010: http://www.topuniversities.com/country-guides/ireland

Click on image for THE article for their methodology 2010

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